From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani .
About of 200 students had, as at the close of Tuesday, September 11, 2018, registered as freshers at the Methodist Technical Institute in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The institute, one of the two single track schools in the Sunyani Municipality, requested for 400 hundred students but 387 students have been placed in the school.
The Principal of the institute, Mr. Clifford Kofi Insaidoo, who disclosed this to The Chronicle in Sunyani on Wednesday, said the Self Placement mechanism would cater for the remaining students the school can accommodate.
According to Mr. Insaidoo, the institute, which was established in 1992 by the Sunyani Diocese of the Methodist Church and absorbed in 2010 by the government into technical institutes in Ghana, currently has a student population of 300, made up of 100 third year students (75 boys, 25 girls) and 200 in the second yea r(136 boys, 64 girls).
The Principal said if the expected number of 400 first years are all able to register, the school’s population would shoot up 700.
Students Outside Sunyani
Out of the 200 students who have so far registered at the institute, only 15 of them are from the Sunyani Municipality, a situation Mr. Insaidoo said, is worrying, because being a predominantly day school, the authorities were expecting majority of the students to have come from its neighbourhood.
“ The Sunyani Methodist Institute is a predominantly day school, and, as such, we always prefer students who are very close to the school, but, unfortunately, most of these day students are coming from areas such as Sefwi, Tarkwa in the Western Region and some parts in the Northern Region, which are too far,” Mr. Insaidoo said.
He, however, added that some landlords around the school had offered to give accommodation to the students at very reasonable rates to enable them have the peace of mind to study.
The Sunyani Methodist Technical Institute runs seven elective programmes, including; Electrical Engineering Technology, Building Construction Technology, and Wood Construction Technology.
Business Secretarial and Business (Accounting) are optional subjects, while Fashion and Designing Technology, as well as Catering/Hospitality Management, are electives for female students. The school offers English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies as core subjects.
The institute has 70 teaching and five non-teaching staff, who have doing their best to ensure that the students are well-equipped for the job market.
Both the students and staff are inspired by the motto of the school: “Building on a Solid Foundation” which enhances teaching and learning.
Mr. Insaidoo said the school had bagged some honours, including being adjudged the 3rd and 2nd Best Technical School during the National Best Technical Schools Awards in 2015 and 2106 respectively.
The school was also honoured by the Sunyani Area of the Scripture Union of Ghana (SU) for being the first in hard work and dedicated services in the 2017/2018 Academic Year.
Three teachers of the school have also received national recognition for their meritorious service in their fields.
SDA Day SHS
The authorities at the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Senior High School (SHS), one of the single track schools in Sunyani, also declared 300 vacancies (100 for the Business and 200 for General Arts), however, only 71 students, comprising 59 Business students and 12 General Arts students, have been placed in the school.
As at the time The Chronicle visited the school on Wednesday, around 10am, only 21 first year students, made up of 18 Business and 3 General Arts had registered to begin academic work.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Ankrah Tachie, mentioned inadequate infrastructure as the major challenge. According to him, the school has no assembly hall, while the number of classrooms is also inadequate.
Mr. Tachie said the Sunyani Municipal Assembly and SDA Church are constructing two separate toilet facilities, which are expected to be completed soon to enhance the sanitation conditions in the school.
The Headmaster said the academic performance of the school has been above average so far.